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A view from the bottom-up: “Civil Society Space” in Latin America and the Caribbean

An important way by which democratic societies advance progress toward achieving these goals is by engaging citizens. We can think in particular of four complementary pillars by which citizens play a…  


The wisdom in our words: Protecting indigenous languages in Latin America and the Caribbean

2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages. At the global level,statistics suggest that the majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages are indigenous. They also suggest that the…  


Catch Me If You Can: A Few Thoughts On The Analysis Of Poverty Convergence In LAC

As the 2019 global MPI Report “Illuminating Inequalities” stresses, there is considerable heterogeneity among regions within countries (as is the case of Haiti, with a headcount of MPI ranging between…  


Leaving For A Better Living: Migration and Remittances in LAC

Migration in LAC is on the rise, and mostly driven by the people opting out of the social contract in places where development has resulted in unresolved, distributional tensions. However, for…  


Accountability In A Time Of Misinformation: Going Beyond Transparency In Latin America and the Caribbean

According the 2018 Reuters Institute Digital News Report, citizens in LAC countries are facing high exposure to false information, and are very concerned about what news is real and what news is fake…  


No Country for Old, Indigenous Women: The challenge of discrimination in Latin America and the Caribbean

The perception of discrimination, in whatever form people feel it, is an issue in many LAC countries. On average, 17% of all Latin Americans reported that they perceived themselves as part of a group…  


Killing Development: The Devastating Epidemic of Crime and Insecurity in Latin America and the Caribbean

Development is a very uneven process, accompanied by heterogeneity in outcomes across sectors, across regions and across income groups. Such process, Albert Hirschman elegantly established about 60…  


The Geography of Exclusion: The Dynamics of State Discontinuity Across the Territory in LAC

One of the ways in which inequality manifests itself is by making location a constraint to socioeconomic achievement. Equality of opportunity implies that the place where a person is born –or chooses…  


Ruling for the few? How weak legitimacy can hinder compliance and cooperation in LAC countries

The increasingly widespread belief that countries are governed to benefit “the few” rather than “the many” suggests that the legitimacy of institutions may be declining in the region.  


UNDP supports governments in Latin America and the Caribbean to accelerate the progress of SDG 16 to consolidate just, peaceful and inclusive societies

Violence, crime, insecurity, high rates of femicide, corruption, impunity, as well as polarized contexts continue to hinder the development of Latin America and the Caribbean and threaten their…  

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